April 27, 2000 |
Hawaii is set to become the first state to enact a medical marijuana law through its Legislature, following passage of a bill in the state Senate legalizing the medical use of the drug. Once the bill is signed by Gov. Ben Cayetano, Hawaii will join seven other states with similar laws. The laws in those states, however, were the result of ballot initiatives.
April 30, 1997 |
The Hawaii Legislature on Tuesday passed the most sweeping package of rights and benefits ever given to nontraditional couples in the United States. The measure, which takes effect July 1, falls short of allowing same-sex couples to marry, but gives those who register as "reciprocal beneficiaries" about 60 benefits, including medical insurance and survivorship rights.
June 15, 2000 |
Hawaii on Wednesday became the first state to use legislation to approve the possession and use of marijuana for medical purposes. While signing the bill into law, Gov. Ben Cayetano said it was one aspect of his effort to make Hawaii the health care center of the Pacific. "I'm glad to see this bill before me," he said. "My own feeling is more states are going to come on."
March 8, 2002 |
The Hawaii House approved two bills Thursday to allow competent, terminally ill adults to seek a doctor's assistance in ending their lives. Approval came after nearly two hours of emotional, sometimes personal, floor debate on the legal, moral and ethical implications of doctor-assisted suicide.
April 26, 1994 |
In this state celebrated for its tolerance of cultural diversity, lawmakers are scrambling to derail a court case they fear has gone too far. The Legislature passed a bill Monday to prevent Hawaii from becoming the first state to allow people of the same sex to marry. But there is no guarantee that the courts will agree. "Now is not the time to embark on a bold experiment that would take us further along the road of deteriorating family values," warned state Sen.
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September 29, 2002 |
U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink (D-Hawaii), an ardent liberal and feminist who served 24 years in Congress, died Saturday. She was 74 and had been battling viral pneumonia for several weeks. Mink died at Straub Clinic and Hospital in Honolulu, her Washington office said. She had been treated there since Aug. 30 for the pneumonia, which stemmed from chickenpox. Mink was elected to Congress in 1964 and left office in 1977 to run for the Senate, a race she lost.